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1021  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: May 07, 2012, 07:09:18 PM
I've actually been finding all the dungeons to be very enjoyable. I like the fact that its easy to get a little lost in them. It harkens back to some old 16 bit dungeons of yesteryear for me. Ever notice how somewhere along the line the number of diverging pathways common in jrpg dungeons went from like 3 (a dead end, a treasure, and the "right" way) down to two and in a lot of cases one with a brief offshoot here and there to pick up some loot?

Heck, I remember a time when your final save-point before a boss battle was a highly missable thing if you took the wrong path!

 Ok... so maybe my numbers and figures are a bit off but you get the idea..... recent gen and current gen dungeons have been WAY more forgiving then those in the past... I feel like tales touches upon those outdated, and albeit cheap, dungeon-design tactics to a bit.... and I can't say I mind it at all...
1022  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon's Dogma on: May 07, 2012, 01:27:55 PM
I bet that people is going to have more fun creating characters even if the actual game is good.
Normally I'd be aghast at people crying for multiplayer, but in this case... it does sort of screem for it design-wise, doesn't it? The pawns aren't even premade characters like, say, Mass Effect, they're all created by you in the character generator. Or one of them is anyway, but one's enough.

Wait....... I'm not very well read on this title yet as I didn't think it was much to be all that excited over.... do you "create/customize" the appearance of more characters aside from just your MC in this game?
1023  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: May 07, 2012, 01:23:55 PM
Bonus stuff aside, is anyone else gonna be taking this one over Dragons Dogma at the end of the month other than me?

Not at all, this is probably my most-anticipated release right now.

VERY COOL!! I really think this a gonna be a stellar entry in the atelier series..... I just wish I had the time to finish rorona and totori first... I really like rorona, thus I know I'll love totori even more....... I'm just HIGHLY excited to get to this when it comes out... and I know if I skip the other two and hop right into this one, the chances of me going back to complete the predecessors is.....well... to be blunt... non-existent....
1024  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tetsuya Nomura on Versus XIII and Next Kingdom Hearts: "Keep waiting... please?" on: May 07, 2012, 01:19:07 PM
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Calm down.
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The game never existed out of a couple of trailers and mock-up gameplay vids. Nothing shockingly upsetting really.

I get what you're saying but what I've never understood about the FNC project is that if it supposedly started in 2003 and they barely had some concepts and ideas in 2006, why did they announce 3 titles that year with nothing to show but the logos of each game and some empty promises?

Good, albeit very immoral, marketing ploy to keep folks interested well beyond (what they knew may very well prove to have been) some real turds of some titles that would prove unsatisfying for an already existing fanbase with expectations.....??
1025  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: May 06, 2012, 06:27:29 PM
Really digging the post-game content of Tales of Graces F.  The skits are funny and I'm still enjoying the overall game.  It's even taking precedence over Xenoblade, which I also am loving.

Also, Tera is loads of fun.

I just finished Xenoblade last month and I gotta say, Tales of Graces F gave it a run for its money as well  in my book!... I mean, I will admit Xeno is the better game in a number of respects... but Tales just oozes everything I personally love about JRPGs... I honestly can't decide which game I enjoyed more but I will definately say, both sported the most addictive combat systems I've experienced in ages..... I just got into the future arc earlier this week as well and am TOTALLY DIGGING IT!! In that respect (post game stuff) Tales of Graces wins hands down for me.....
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Richard being playable again and part of the team is so freakin' cool! He has become a character that I will forever adore... he and hubert are just awesome in my book

Beyond my tales excursions, I had my obligatory "Final Fantasy Friday" and "Suikoden Sunday". I've finally reached the moon in FF4 CC.... really looking forward to getting into the after years... I totally forgot how absolutely everything goes wrong for the cast of FF4.... like seriously, not one plan, effort or strategy the MC's contrive to thwart evil works out for them without someone turning traitor, someone dying, or just getting plain de-railed by misfortune....

In Suikoden news, well.... progress is slow but steady... this is my "108 star" playthrough and it is driving me nuts.... I'm too paranoid I;m gonna miss something and have literally spent all day walking about recruiting or making sure I haven't missed anything that could become missable... its almost ruining my playthrough....but I'm still fighting the good fight, now in flower country, home of my favorite general Milich! Milich is totally one of those characters that I wish I had free time to illustrate.... or better yet, do a tattoo of.... I wish someone wanted a milich tattoo.... that would make my day....

Well I suppose that is all for now in my realm.... doesn't look like I stand a snow-balls chance in hell of catching up on my atelier before meruru comes out this month.... I still have a backlogged wilds arms alter code f to polish off before I get back to the atelier stuff....

so many games..... so little time....
1026  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime Comedies? on: May 06, 2012, 03:44:23 PM
Am I the only one who liked "The Idiot Adventures of Photon Earth"?? I never EVER see that one mentioned anywhere.... Anyhoo, barring whats already been mentioned that is my suggestion... but I will take a moment to second Welcome to NHK..
1027  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: May 05, 2012, 03:22:55 PM
Wearing a size L T shirt makes you a big fatso?...  I used to wear a size L...when I was 11.

I was a 6 ft tall beanpole and still wore XL all through middle/high school.  Now that I"m 33 and eating actually is starting to make me fat, its now 2XL..

But size L makes someone a tubba lard these days, LLOLLOLOL  Gotta love kids today with all their "skinny clothes" and big hair they don't cut.  In the 90s it was all big clothes with plenty of room in them, and hair on guys coudn't be short enough (if you could actually measure it, people would accuse you of having a "fro" and that was the stylistic kiss of death.  Still, you coudn't get me in all that skinny crap, I'd rather be confortable. 

some of us little folk need Small and X-Small to be comfy.... I for one can't find one pair of adult jeans that are not the "skinny" variety that stay on my waist... though I totally agree that it looks ridiculous when people where stuff that is skin tight... I'm just saying some people NEED the skinny stuff to have clothes that fit.... before express started making the "zach extra-skinny" line of jeans I had to buy all mine from the kids department to find stuff that fit me....

still stoked for the barrel shirt though none-the-less.... gonna look cool on my wall next to my "love" shirt from the catherine box-LoL

at this rate, when agarest wars comes out, I'll be able to dress up my blow-up doll in pajamas :)

and just to mention, pre-orders are getting low on this nisa exclusive, just placed my order the other day and it said "less than 30 % of stock remaining" so if you want your barrel-t and soundtrack, get em while the getting is good :)..... on the upside though I believe gamestop is at least getting a premium edition with the art book, so even if you miss out on  the exclusive you get something.

Bonus stuff aside, is anyone else gonna be taking this one over Dragons Dogma at the end of the month other than me?
1028  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 03:01:25 PM
In wikipedia appears this series called "Ergo Proxy", it seems like it was the last cyberpunk anime that has come out. Is from 2006.

There's also Un-Go., Saw it a couple of months ago, is not bad but is one those series that you watch and maybe you are gonna remember something about it after you finish it, besides, from the 11 episodes there are 3 that are actually good (in my opinion anyway) but every episode is entertaining in its own right.

Now that I think about it, cyberpunk doesn't seem like a very popular style in anime at all.

You can't put a high school with generic characters in a cyberpunk series because that would actually be interesting I guess.

Texnolyze

I'm reading part of the story in wikipedia and it sounds great. Kinda reminds of Deus Ex: Human Revolution with the "Doc finds a dismembered Ichise near-death in the streets of Lux, and takes him to her lab, where she gives him a new set of Texhnolyzed limbs without his consent." and Final Fantasy XIII-2 with the "Ran, a girl who can see the future and is worshiped in the city of Gabe, sells flowers in Lux. Ran is this generation's Seer, which grants her the ability to see "one possibility" of people's futures; each generation, a girl with such abilities is born in Gabe. Her followers unquestioningly accept the fate that she predicts, even if it costs them their lives."

I lost interest in seeing Fate/Zero so I might give a try Texhnolyze.

Ergo Proxy wasn't bad at all... I actually liked it quite a bit...  very character driven with a far more straightforward plot than texhnolyze. Not too much action, but the action that is there  really counts. This  one is far more about character development and relationships than it is the eye candy and visual flare, though that is not to say it is pleasing to the eye which it is. One thing I didn't like about ergo proxy though, was that alot of plot points weren't really addressed til the last few episodes.... in other words pacing was a bit slow for my taste....

Now that I'm thinking about it though, I'd venture to guess more people would like Ergo over Texholyze.... Texhno REALLY makes you think.... Your brain could rest a bit easier and enjoy ergo.... but I like making my nogan work and the ending to texhno totally beat the conclusion to ergo IMO thus it wins my vote hands down.

Once again though, be warned..... Texhno is totally an acquired taste..... One well worth acquiring mind you, but initially I'm not gonna promise you enjoy the flavor.... Episode one, if I recall correctly, didn't have one drop of dialogue...

EDIT: as a cool little "cyber-punk" side note.... Radio Head's "Paranoid Android" is the closing theme for Ergo Proxy.... Cool or what??? Klyde says yes!!
1029  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Good cyberpunk anime? on: May 05, 2012, 12:43:01 PM
Texnolyze (i don't know if I spelled that correctly though).... just mind the first few episodes... super slow to get moving, but freakin' awesome beyond that.... its another one that Yoshitoshi Abe (Lain, Niea Under 7, Habane Renmei) had a hand in.... I highly highly highly suggest this one if you dig the cyberpunk stuff.... in fact I stress it so much so that I'm not even going to suggest anything else, I say go and watch this immediately.
1030  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: May 02, 2012, 03:29:24 PM
Future Arc first.  The enemies are much easier.  You use your Clear Save after you've beaten Future Arc for Zhonecage, so you keep your progress.

Thank you for clearing that one up for me :)
1031  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: May 01, 2012, 06:47:10 PM
I'm sorry to double post... but seeing as how this post was more or less completely unrelated to my last and in the form of a question I need answerred I thought it more appropriate than doing a re-edit.... if this is improper forum conduct please forgive me :)

So I just beat the main arc and need some help....
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After I beat the game I reloaded my last save and started the whole "zhonecage" thing before realizing that it was NOT future arc... So I went back to the title screen and picked lineage and legacies to start the future arc but am confused... which should I do first?? Chronologically speaking I suppose zhonecage right? But it was my understanding this is typically the last thing people do.... please... advice desperately needed before I get out of work at 2-4am later tonite or tonites gaming session could be totally compromised!-LoL... I'm really excited to do future arc as that is more story whereas zhonecage is just optional dungeon stuff, right??.... but then do I lose my shot at zhonecage..... so confused klyde is... so confused
1032  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Siliconera to announce Squeenix "Exclusive" tomorrow on: April 30, 2012, 07:16:17 PM
This game looks freakin' horrible! Not that it should surprise me... but come on.... publish something I can at least pretend is worth waiting for only to be dissapointed with another square/enix let down..... I can't say anything about this looks appealing to me at all....
1033  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Gust announces new Atelier game: Atelier Meruru on: April 30, 2012, 04:02:43 PM
Damn... I still have Rorona backlogged.... no way I'm catching up on the atelier series before this comes out..... I feel like skipping the rest of it and hopping directly up to Meruru though..... All depends on how badly my OCD is around release I suppose....

You guys probably think I kid when I say "OCD" but truly I do not speak in jest.... As a child I was diagnosed with ritualistic OCD at the age of 7 because I couldn't go to sleep or get to school on time without "properly" tending to my weird bedtime/wake up routines.... additionally for years I hated shopping because I "had" to walk back out of stores the exact path I traveled through them.... highly frustrating..... I'm getting better though.... I skipped half of Hyperdimension Neptunia to indulge MK2 when it came out.... that is progress my friends!! LoL
1034  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Graces F on: April 30, 2012, 03:55:27 PM
Doing some side quests before I tackle Ghardia Shaft (again), first attempt at it ended pretty miserably, lol

I too am tackling the side quests at the moment and let me just say..... sandshroud ruins puzzle? yea..... that sucked away an hour and fourty five minutes of my life... and I still needed a mapped out path even after I figured it out due to the mechanics of that final color puzzle so I could arrange the switches ahead of time and not screw myself...... Kudus to ToGF, as that proved to be the most challenging puzzle I've encountered in a long time.... and man I did not see that coming at all given how easy the earlier puzzles were....

I feel as though I've done enough to move on now but I like this game so much I'm tempted to FAQ-it to catch what I've missed.... I haven't felt like that about a game in awhile..... Even Xenoblade, by the end of it, I was so fetch-quested-out I could care less about what I was missing and just wanted to finish it....

EDIT: So I finally concluded I was through with all I could find on my own after hours of trying to figure out what to do with certain things in my inventory that didn't make sense to me.. decided to FAQ-it to see what I was missing..... much to my surprise, save a few town-item-requests, some titles I could care less about, a title for malik (I do care about missing although he was my least favorite character) and a swimsuit I didn't miss anything! That means it is time to off the main arc of this baby today!!!! Maybe this should be in the game journal.... oh well, I'll be heading over there once I am through.....

A FINAL WORD: I find it safe to say at this point that this is, by far, my absolute favorite PS3 exclusive title yet.... I can honestly say, in a world where the JRPG is becoming something....well.... something that is not quite as sacred as it once proved to be here in the west.... The Tales series has not disapointed me in the least... In fact, this month I'm gonna go buy an x-box just to play vesperia as its the only member of the franchise I've yet to indulge. Good stuff here, good stuff indeed.
1035  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your very own Klyde Chroma is now a TV personality... sort of on: April 30, 2012, 03:36:59 PM
If I ever got a tatoo, I would get an asian style dragon coiling around my arm starting at my shoulder and going down to my hand, with the top being the dragons top jaw flames down each finger.  I dunno if you can get the bottom of your hand tatoo'd as well, id modify the idea some.

But cool stuff man, the only time I got on TV was when I killed this one dude and stuffed his body in an ice cream freezer...I mean, Ive never been on TV >_>

I love to do asain style dragons.... this was one of my favorites I got to do :)



As for the bottom of the hand, it isn't so much that it can't be done as it is VERY difficult to get to heal properly and "stay" . ink tends to suffer from something called "cellular migration" and it is pretty nasty on fingers, palms, and the soles of your feet and once again that is IF you can get it stay at all... there are techniques that can be employed during the tattooing process which do increase the probability of it holding up, however whether or not it still looks pretty in even a month or two depends on how little you use your hand and how infrequent you can manage even opening and closing it for a good while)....

Very cool Kylde, I imagine the stuff I sculpts I got from you are worth even more now...... :)

Someday I will increase the value of the sculpts a great deal for you my friend.... unfortunately you will probably have to wait until I'm dead, even if I do foster some acclaim in my lifetime, as that is typically when most artists work is worth anything to write home about-LoL
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